Release Date: 8 June
1989 | 18 | Dual- format Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Brian Yuzna Cast: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, Charles Lucia
If you’ve ever thought
the well- to- do act like a different species, Society will confirm all your worst paranoid fantasies.
Re- Animator producer Brian Yuzna’s directorial debut concerns young Bill Whitney ( Billy Warlock), a Beverly Hills teenager who, like Rosemary ( of Baby fame), begins to suspect that his wealthy family and friends are hiding some terrible secret. They are. There’s a reason why girls sometimes have their limbs on the wrong way round and lumps leap up under their skin...
Easily Yuzna’s best film, Society is a bizarre, beguiling nightmare, a high- camp melding of The Stepford Wives, David Cronenberg and an ’ 80s teen movie – and yet bristlingly original at the same time. Both sunny and incredibly dark, it builds its tension through an accumulation of small, twisted incidents, and then delivers one of the wildest, most bombastic final acts in the history of horror, thanks in no small part to genius special effects artist Screaming Mad George.
“This is not subtle satire” you may be thinking beforehand, but the climax barks back: “Who cares? A lack of subtlety can be magnificent.” Not a film forgotten in a hurry.
The newly remastered film is accompanied by a director’s commentary and three interview featurettes, all new. “Governor Of Society” has Brian Yuzna confessing that he “wasn’t that good a director” when he made his debut; it’s a fascinating watch ( 17 minutes). In “The Masters Of The Hunt” cast members Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Tim Bartelland share their ( mostly) good memories of the shoot ( 22 minutes) and in “The Champion Of The Shunt” ( 21 minutes) FX maestro Screaming Mad George explains where he drew his inspiration from ( Salvador Dali figured). There’s also footage of a 2014 Q& A with Yuzna and the director in conversation backstage at the film’s 1989 world premiere ( two minutes). Plus: a trailer, a music video and an illustrated booklet with text by critic Alan Jones. Limited edition copies feature a copy of 2003 comics sequel Society: Party Animal. Russell Lewin Stars Warlock and DeVasquez say that it was actually their sex scene they were most nervous about.
Of course this was before the Ferrero Rocher came out.